Ramadan begins this evening, and for many Muslims around the world, the holiday will look a lot different this year.


The holy month of Ramadan, which is usually marked by fasting, prayer, and attending mosque, social and other religious gatherings between families and friends to break fast continues through May 23rd. Practicing Ramadan during the worldwide pandemic of COVID-19 will present unique challenges during a time when many religious spaces are closed for safety and social gatherings are banned in countries across the globe.

We gathered a few prominent black Muslims, including Indiana Congressman André Carson, to shed light on their beloved Ramadan traditions and how these practices will or will not be altered by the coronavirus pandemic. Watch above.

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Our masjid is closed, and we have moved some Ramadan programming online. For real though, not going to miss the screaming kids running around unchecked during taraweh prayers, or that one uncle complaining about the food at iftar. you know who you are. I might actually have time to read some Quran this Ramadan. >.>

As excited as I am about Ramadan, also nervous bc there has been a WHOLE bunch of snacking going on this past month as we’re all stuck at home. Without the “outside” distractions of the office and people interaction, it’s going to be a real test for me.

Ramadan Mubarak :> 

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